Liverpool John Moores’ graduate collections were bright and full of promise, like their futures probably. A diverse mix of structure and shape was the core theme throughout the show

Melissa Dawson was the third designer to have her outfits on show. Iridescent and beautiful, Dawson’s collection was comprised of silk dresses in imaginative hues of lime green, exciting blue and a fuchsia pink. These were accompanied with acid coloured, oversized jewellery pieces made of plastic hexagons. Either put together as a necklace or made into a honeycomb pattern to detail the dresses, the overall aesthetic was incredibly appealing.
Models sported high, sleek ponytails, a nude lip and eyes awash with smudgy black kohl. Aptly named ‘Insect: Some Colour’, this was a set of well thought out designs with pizzazz.

Again with the colour, Shanti Lambu brought it with her jellyfish inspired collection. Having looked at different types of world-wide jellyfish, Lambu explored the details, shapes and structures thus creating sculpted, show-stopping puffball and wiry pieces in colour blocks of blue, orange, burgundy and white.

Alice Cash took it another way with her ‘Looking Back’ collection. This was attire of the utmost sophistication both with cuts (plunging neckline, wide V-neck, strapless and low back with high collar) and colours (glamorous, glamorous red, cream and navy with gold trim). Inspired by 1930’s glamour Hollywood, the dresses incorporated pleats and delicate fabrics, meant for the sexy and yet elegant modern woman.

As if there wasn’t enough choice already, Matthew O’Brien delivered ‘Smart Future’, a deep consideration of the relationship between fashion and technology, implying with his collection, that both concepts are one. His was a collection clean and futuristic. Models wore brilliant white visor hats or donned doughnut shapes on headbands, sporting dresses in contemporary structures with flashes of bright yellow or multi prints.

– Veebs Sabharwal

– Photography: Naian Feng


Francesca Sciambarella

Tom Yeo

Katie Maxted

Nicola Oprey

Tom Rowlands

Gemma Cramp

Alice Cash

Jamie Elwood

Katie May Berry

Jonaya Salkeld

Kerry Crone

Imogen Stubbs

Katie Davidson

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